Canada’s diplomatic corps is protected by bulletproof doors at embassies and missions abroad, but a cyber attack showed Global Affairs Canada that it’s harder to protect the computer systems they use for sensitive communications.
Now consider what happens to negotiations, records, and diplomats’ safety when their encrypted communications are routinely scrutinized by platforms hunting for content the government says it doesn’t want Canadians to see.
How can public bodies and public servants comply with the Privacy Act when everything they do is being examined by platforms in their hunt for content the government declares unlawful, inappropriate or lawful but awful?
Mandate letters require Canadian government departments and civil servants to protect our national security and economy, combat cyber risks, and ensure the security and integrity of Canada’s critical systems — but how can that be done when encryption must be broken so platforms can detect and block whatever content the government says is offensive?
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